Whilst there are many forms, brands and setups for underfloor heating, most systems can be separated into being either wet or dry heating systems, depending on whether they use electric heat mats of underfloor pipes.
For many people considering altering the heating system in their home, electric heating systems can be exceptionally tempting, as they require a much less complex installation than water-based heating and are far better suited to retrofitting.
As with any heating system, there are positive and negative aspects, and knowing what they are and to what extent they affect you can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.
The Positives Of Electric Heating
The biggest positive of an electric heat mat is how easy it can be to retrofit, to the point that some simpler systems can even be installed by a DIY enthusiast with some level of experience working with flow screed and flooring.
For other people, the work can be completed far quicker, at a far lower cost for both parts and labour, as the wires can be laid onto the subfloor directly instead of being fitted within it.
They can also be adapted to work on floors with rather complex layouts, with little height build-up and no maintenance required.
They also, unlike radiators and electric heaters, have no ‘cold spots’ once turned on, allowing for an even level of heating.
The Potential Issues Of Electric Heating
The biggest potential issue of an electric heating system comes in the long term, as electric heating is currently less efficient than a water-based system, meaning that for new builds, extensive renovations and larger spaces, a water-based system is cheaper in the long run.
As well as this, running costs can be a problem in rooms that lose a lot of heat, such as conservatories and garden rooms, where they take a lot of heat to stay warm, especially in winter.